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Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

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The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh - Magic Kingdom 

The Story: Deep in the Hundred Acre Woods, where Christopher Robin plays...

That's right, you are invited to jump into the pages of the famous Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh story! Your story begins on a very blustery day, or "Windsday" as Gopher calls it where you see some of the Hundred Acre Woods residents being affected by the windy day. You then enter Owl's house, which has been blown down, and come to find Tigger on the other side!

You bounce along with Tigger and follow him to Pooh's house where he gives the warning to watch out for Heffalumps and Woozles (they steal honey you know)! We then enter Pooh's dream featuring Heffalumps and Woozles but are awaken by a storm where the entire area has been flooded! Piglet is close to going over a waterfall, but luckily we save the day and attend a Hero Party for Pooh!

Height Restriction: None
Attraction Length: 3 minutes
Fastpass? Yes (Machines are located near Mickey's PhilharMagic)

The History: Back in the 1970s the package film, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh was released and gained popularity among Disney fans almost instantly. Disney realized that with the films popularity and timelessness, it would be perfect to add a Winnie the Pooh attraction to Fantasyland in Disneyland during its complete refurbishment in the 1980s. Unfortunately for Pooh, Pinocchio received the real estate instead and the plans for the attraction were put on the shelf for the time being.

During the mid 1990s, Winnie the Pooh began to have a rise in popularity with new television shows and the idea of a Winnie the Pooh attraction began to be discussed once again. While it was certain the attraction would be placed in Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland, Disney opted to place the attraction in an already existing area instead of building a brand new show building. The solution? Replace Mr. Toad's Wild Ride (based off of 1949's The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad) with everyone's favorite Pooh Bear. The reasoning? Just a few select guests knew of the 1949 film while nearly every guest could tell you who Winnie the Pooh was.

After the plans were announced fans of Mr. Toad's Wild Ride began to protest causing Disney to not even announce when the attraction would close for good. The attraction had its final wild ride in 1998 and construction began for The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh almost immediately.

The next big phase of the attraction occurred in 2010 shortly after the Fantasyland Expansion plans were set into motion. Pooh's Playful Spot, the play area across the road was closed down to make way for the new area and Disney soon realized they did not want to part with Mr. Sanders' tree. The solution was to move it across the street to the entrance of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. The only problem was it didn't fit in with the theming of the attraction. The solution? Create an interactive queue for the attraction which helps transport guests to the Hundred Acre Woods before they even step foot on the ride!

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh officially opened on June 4, 1999!

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh's original entrance
The original entrance sign for The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Fun Facts: While Mr. Toad's Wild Ride may be gone, there are still two references to the previous attraction inside Owl's house. Just after entering take a look at the left wall to find a picture of Toad handing the deed over to Owl, and on the floor to the right you can find Moley hanging out with Winnie the Pooh!

Winnie the Pooh and Moley from Mr. Toad's Wild Ride

Inside Mr. Sanders' tree out front you can find the Nautilus, the ship from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, engraved above one of the inside doors!

The Nautilus in Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Originally included in the interactive queue area was a bounce area where guests could jump on black and orange circles that had springs underneath, which in turn would launch them into the air. Due to safety, this was only open for one day (but it was a lot of fun while it lasted)!

Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh interactive queue Tigger Bounce

Location: Fantasyland

Touring Tips: The attraction is extremely popular, but the lines seem to slow down later in the day so try and visit during the later hours!

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